I want to order Steve's chocolates. Has anyone had any recently? How do they compare to Claudio Corallo, whose chocoaltes I also want to order. Expensive!! I emailed Steve and he was extremely nice and helpful. Any info would be interesting!
February 14, 2006
I have done business with Steve in the past. He is a very professional, passionate, and dedicated fellow. He will also personally respond to any inquiries one might have regarding his products.
I see, however, that you reside overseas. I do not know if he would be able to ship to you. Thus, I would not want to tease you with what he has to offer.
Please! Tease! We are working on shipping issues. I feel isolated herewith my very low choice of chocolate. Valrhona, Callebaut, Fruibel and Chocovic. That is it. I need to find out the health/import regulations. I think I can get small quantites, so I want to start tasting!
Originally posted by Ilana
Has anyone had any recently? How do they compare to Claudio Corallo, whose chocoaltes I also want to order.
DeVries's Costa Rican and Dominican bars (in 77% and 80%) are in my regular rotation. I wouldn't compare DeVries to Corallo in texture and temper, because they're not at all alike, DeVries being remarkably smooth and Corallo definitely at the rustic end of the spectrum. Nor would I compare them in flavor. Corallo's chocolates tend to have dark, earthy, woody profiles, while DeVries's are bright, acidic, and more citrusy.
February 14, 2006
I have not tried Steve's Dominican bars, but I am able to say a thing or two about his Costa Rican. Firstly, the bars are not "moreish", as a little goes a long way. Both the 77 and 80 are quite citrusy, with the 80 having some 'rounder' notes, due to a higher roasting temperature. The 77% is basically like Michel Cluizel's Maralumi bar on steroids--ultra raspberry/citrus flavours dominating.
If you are able to get your hands on some, you will find that a small quantity will prove satisfying. This is probably due to the fact that Steve uses sun drying methods, which help concentrate the flavours.
Have been following both the DeVries and Corallo stories for some time. With all the hype, it's nice to have some grounded feedback here on the forums. Wonder why 70% has yet to post reviews for either.
August 1, 2006
If you are interested in a review on Claudio Corallo go to the following link http://www.seventypercent.com/.....ms=claudio
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